Friday, January 23, 2015

ARC Book review: Barefoot in Pearls (The Barefoot Bay Brides Trilogy #3) by Roxanne St. Claire

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As her two best friends settle into their happily ever afters, destination wedding designer Arielle Chandler is beginning to wonder if the promise of “The One” – one true love, meant only for her – is merely folklore passed down from her Native American grandmother. But when a mysterious man nearly mows her down on a hill overlooking Barefoot Bay, the legend of destined love suddenly feels very real. That is, until Ari learns of Luke McBain’s plans to demolish a piece of land she believes is sacred.

Luke isn’t proud of the fact that he spent ten years as a mercenary warrior, fighting battles for another country. With those dark days behind him, he’s focused on creating a new life instead of destroying others, so he’s moved to Barefoot Bay to launch a contracting business and build a house for an old friend. But when an enigmatic dark-eyed beauty steals his attention and stops his progress with her announcement that he is about to flatten a native burial ground, Luke has a new battle to fight.

While their immediate and potent attraction grows complicated, Luke and Ari discover the hills of Barefoot Bay could be hiding something far different – and even more valuable – than ancient art or graves. They are determined to discover the truth, but that will come at a cost. Will they risk their chance at once-in-a-lifetime love to uncover secrets that could change the landscape of Barefoot Bay forever?

This is the last book in the Barefoot Brides Trilogy. Finally Ari will get have happy ever after.  Arielle Chandler was always taught by her Native American grandmother that there is one person out there that is "The One". There are things that you will feel that will tell you when you find him. A little sad that her two best friends have found their happiness with great men, Ari wonders if it will happen for her. Not five seconds after thinking that she almost literally gets run over by him. Luke McBain is Gussie's long lost brother. In the last book they stumble upon each other in another country and now Luke is staying with Gussie. Getting to know his baby sister again and trying to make a go as a contractor in Barefoot Bay. Out for a run on the property he is going to be building a house on he stumbles into Ari. Both feel a shot of attraction at first touch when he helps her up off the sand. Luke is trying to come to grips with his past and holds that up as a barrier to his attraction to her. Ari can't help who she is and what she believes. Spending a lot of time with her Grandma Good bear she learned how to hone some of the Shaman skills grandma passed on to her. She uses her skills to help Luke and solve problems that come up on the property when weird and frightening things start happening. This was my favorite of the three in this trilogy. Luke feels he is to damaged and unworthy for love but Ari won't accept that and little by little he finds a hope. I love how these two interacted. It would seem Luke would be a man with a hardened heart but something about Ari gets past that hard shell around his heart.  Ari is this beautiful delicate soul and she gives Luke the trust to open up and let go of his demons. There is a suspense vibe to this book as well as a romance. The combination of the two is done so well that you really just want to keep turning pages to see how it ends. 

Find out more about author Roxanne St Claire and this series here

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